The Fort Osage and Grain Valley baseball teams got off to strong starts in the Northland Tournament.
Behind strong pitching performances, Fort Osage blanked host Kearney, while Grain Valley downed host Liberty 5-2 Monday afternoon.
Zane Barr and Steven Orwick combined on the one-hit shutout. Barr issued the only hit and seven walks while striking out 10 in five innings for the win. Orwick earned the save, allowing three walks and striking out two in two hitless innings.
“Zane threw with a lot of heart,” Fort Osage coach Chris Walker said. “For him and Steven to walk 10 and not give up any runs is pretty impressive. Defense played well and the made pitches when they needed to.
Fort Osage (7-7) scored one run in the third inning and added an insurance run in the sixth.
Spencer Patrick went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Jacob Merithew was 1-for-3 with an RBI as Fort Osage collected five hits.
Fort Osage plays host to St. Pius X in another pool play game at 4 p.m. today.
GRAIN VALLEY 5, LIBERTY 2: Garrett Morrow allowed just one walk and two runs in six innings while pitching Grain Valley to a Northland Tournament pool play win Monday.
Morrow struck out four to claim the win. Nick House pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the save.
“Outstanding performance by our senior pitcher,” Eagles coach Brian Driskell said. “He pitched six outstanding innings with quality defense behind him.”
Grain Valley (8-6) took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and then broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the third. Cade Matlon, who had two hits on his 16th birthday, stroked a two-run double to key the four-run third inning. Josh Kilpatrick added two hits for the Eagles, who play at Liberty North at 4 p.m. today.